Samsonov (COVID-19 protocols) will remain out of the lineup for Tuesday's season finale against the Bruins, JJ Regan of NBC Sports Washington reports. Samsonov will have four days to clear the protocols before the Capitals begin postseason play Saturday, also against the Bruins. Vitek Vanecek will start Tuesday's game and should continue to work as Washington's No. 1 goalie in Samsonov's absence. Given Vanecek's strong play, it's not a given that Samsonov will take back the top job in Washington's crease once he gets healthy. The Russian netminder will finish the regular season with a 13-4-1 record, 2.69 GAA and .902 save percentage.
Samsonov has entered the NHL's COVID-19 protocols, Tom Gulitti of NHL.com reports. Samsonov was scratched for Washington's last two games for what was deemed a coach's decision after being late to a team meeting, but to make matters worse, he's now joined teammate Evgeny Kuznetsov in the league's virus protocols. For now, Samsonov can be considered out indefinitely.
Samsonov (coach's decision) won't dress for Wednesday's game versus the Rangers, Stephen Whyno of the Associated Press reports. Samsonov was scratched Monday against New York for being late to a team meeting, and he'll get the same treatment Wednesday. With Samsonov still in the dog house, look for Vitek Vanecek or Craig Anderson to get the start against the Rangers.
Samsonov (coach's decision) was sent to the taxi squad and will not be available for Monday's tilt with the Rangers, Samantha Pell of The Washington Post reports. Both Samsonov and Evgeny Kuznetsov are being benched for Monday's game after they were reportedly late for a team function. The 24-year-old netminder is 4-1-0 over his last five starts and owns a 2.69 GAA in 19 games this season. He should be available for Wednesday's rematch with the Rangers.
Samsonov made 23 saves in a 3-0 loss to Pittsburgh on Saturday. Samsonov got no help from his teammates and actually suffered at their hand on the first two goals. The first one came when his defender fell, which gifted the Penguins a sudden breakaway. The second came right at the start of the second when his teammates came out flat-footed and left him alone on another breakaway. The third was a bang-bang deflection that just left him fooled. Samsonov had won his previous four starts.
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